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SEPP 33 Assessments

State Environmental Planning Policy No. 33 Hazardous and Offensive Development requires new developments to be considered for their potential to be hazardous or offensive. The process is generally staged to first determine if a site is “Potentially Hazardous Industry” or “Potentially Offensive Industry” by means of a Preliminary Risk Screening (PRS) assessment.

Should the screening indicate that the development is “potentially hazardous”, a Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA) must be prepared in accordance with Hazardous Industry Planning Advisory Paper No. 6 – Guidelines for Hazard Analysis (DoP, 2011).

The purpose of the PRS is to exclude from more detailed studies, those developments which do not pose significant risk.

The PHA is designed to determine the level of risk after controls have been put in place to people, property and the environment at the proposed location.

If the risk levels exceed the criteria of acceptability and/or if the controls are assessed as inadequate, or unable to be readily controlled, then the development is classified as ‘hazardous industry’. Where it is unable to prevent offensive impacts on the surrounding land users, the development is classified as ‘offensive industry’.

A development may also be considered potentially hazardous with respect to the transport of dangerous goods. A proposed development may be potentially hazardous if the number of generated traffic movements (for significant quantities of hazardous materials entering or leaving the site) is above the cumulative annual or peak weekly vehicle movements.

Hazmat can review your sites requirements and develop a PRS and PHA.

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